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Taiwan court suspends trial of ailing ex-president

A Taiwanese court has suspended the trial of former president Chen Shui-bian on the ground that he is suffering from depression, dementia and other health problems, officials said Saturday. Chen, who is already serving a 20-year jail term for corruption, has been on trial since last year for allegedly taking illegal possession of confidential documents while he was in office. However, Taipei district court said it had decided to suspend the proceedings after a medical team found that the ailing Chen was unfit to stand trial.

U.S. university drops claim Chinese dissident Chen was spied on

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York University withdrew its claim on Monday that a close supporter of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident affiliated with the university through this summer, had tried to spy on Chen by giving him an iPad and iPhone loaded with hidden spyware, saying it was a "misunderstanding." The spyware claims followed Chen's accusation in June that NYU was making him leave the school as a result of pressure from China's government.

Taiwan upholds graft convictions for five senior judges

Taiwan's Supreme Court said Friday it had rejected the final appeals of five senior judges who were handed lengthy prison sentences for bribery in cases that uncovered some of the island's worst judicial corruption. The Supreme Court said it was upholding the sentences, meaning former High Court judge Tsai Kuang-chih will have to serve a 20-year term and pay a fine of Tw$3.5 million ($119,000) for taking bribes to meddle in two court cases.

Taiwan ex-leader Chen tries to kill himself in jail

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian has tried to commit suicide in the prison where he is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption, the justice ministry said Monday. Chen attempted to hang himself with a towel in a bathroom at the jail in the central city of Taichung Sunday night, but was prevented by a guard, the ministry said in a statement. It said medical personnel were immediately called to check his condition and no abnormalities were found.

Taiwan's former top cabinet official jailed for graft

Taiwan's former cabinet secretary general was sentenced to seven years and four months in jail Tuesday after pocketing more than $2 million in bribes, in a graft case that has rocked the island. Lin Yi-shih, who was also a vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party and a confidant of President Ma Ying-jeou, had claimed the charges against him were part of a political set-up after he was accused of using his influence to solicit bribes.

Taiwan's ex-president transferred to prison hospital

Taiwan's ailing former president Chen Shui-bian has been transferred to a prison hospital to continue serving his 20-year jail term for corruption, the justice ministry said Friday. Chen was taken to a hospital for inmates in central Taiwan early Friday from a public hospital in Taipei, where he had spent several months being treated for depression and other health problems, it said. Doctors have recommended home care for the 62-year-old, who is diagnosed with severe depression, a nerve disorder and other conditions, according to medical documents released by his office.

Taiwan president sorry over confidant's graft case

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou apologised Friday after one of his confidants was implicated in a corruption scandal, just months after another friend resigned from the cabinet amid bribery accusations. Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was interrogated and released on bail early Friday on suspicion of soliciting and accepting money from a company in a massive construction project in the capital, prosecutors said.

Taiwan prosecutor indicted for covering up gambling

A Taiwanese prosecutor was indicted Friday on corruption charges for allegedly taking bribes to cover up gambling businesses, in the latest scandal to hit the island's judiciary. Chen Yu-chen, a mid-level staff member of the High Prosecutors' Office, was charged with accepting nearly Tw$24 million ($827,000) from a gambling business operator over a period of six years, the Special Investigation Division said.

12 Taiwan rail officials indicted on corruption

Twelve Taiwan railway officials including two deputy directors have been indicted on graft charges after allegedly accepting banquets and hostess club visits in the biggest corruption scandal to hit the state rail sector, prosecutors said. Chung Chao-hsiung and Huang Min-jen, deputy chiefs of the Taiwan Railway Administration, were charged along with 10 employees on Wednesday for allegedly accepting gifts from businessmen.
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